Make America… Sick Again?

We have all heard about the drama that has followed The American Health Care Act but let’s get some things clear:

  • The new health care bill would reduce deficits by $119 billion compared to Obamacare
  • The new health care bill will leave 23 million Americans uninsured
  • Eliminates most of ObamaCare’s taxes on those with higher incomes, employers, and industry

In a time where most news is biased, most politicians are phony, and most colleagues are clueless, it is important to get the straight forward facts.

For clarification; Obamacare and the ACA (Affordable Care Act) are the same. The American Health Care Act, Trumpcare, and Ryancare are the same.

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While The American Health Care Act also does many controversial things, including defunding Planned Parenthood and taking large amounts of cost assistance away from Seniors who haven’t reached Medicare age, I would like to just focus on that magic number–23 million.

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There are 321.4 million people in America.

After Obamacare was passed in 2010,  the national rate of uninsured people fell from 13.3 percent to 10.4 percent with 8.8 million people gaining health insurance.

With Obamacare, you are required to have health insurance or you will be fined.

With The American Health Care Act, 23 million Americans will be uninsured.

This will surpass the 13.3 percent of uninsured Americans back in 2010 by about one percent.

Look, these are just cold hard facts and numbers written in plain English.

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As of right now, through Obamacare, I am able to be on my parent’s insurance plan until I am 26 years old. This allows me six years to get stabilized and give me a head start on my student loans. Removing the right of extended health care within the family until 26 would mean individuals who are 19 or out of school cannot be covered under their parents’ or guardians’ health plan until age 26.

Luckily, Trump seems to favor this law. So far, we have not heard word of how it will be changed. “I very much like this health right,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal.

I cannot stress the importance of millennials staying in the know and learning the facts. This is all happening in the immediate future. We are the future.

 

 

Airbnb Providing a Safe Haven for Those Affected by Muslim Ban

In a time of true chaos and fear, there are companies in the United States that are desperately trying to show that we are not divided. Airbnb, a company where you can list and rent houses, condos, and apartments for a short period of time. CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, expressed his concern for the recent “Muslim ban” by “[providing] free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing” through Airbnb. 

                                              
The “Muslim ban” includes a 90 day period where refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries are banned from entering (and returning) to the United States. Families are now being separated, doctors are not allowed to come back home after a business trip, and most left with no place to go. That is what makes Airbnb so great. Brain Chesky is making an awful experience a little less awful.

                                           
It has been less than two weeks since Donald Trump took office… and it seems more unreal than ever. In the past twelve days, we have seen trump do surprising and not-so-surprising things. His first Twitter rant since being elected was directed towards the press and the supposed “false” claims that the crowd size at his inauguration was about half the size of former President Obama inauguration. This wasn’t so surprising.

In a promise to “make America great again”, may we remember why America was so great in the first place. People from all walks of life, coming together, to live united and free.

With all of the uncertainty of where this country is going, it is almost calming to know that there are big companies in the United States that believe in moving forward and taking a stand for what is right.